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Government Warnings For Time Share

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I was pleased to see the very large banners that warn tourists about the "time share" and "holiday club" scams that have become such a menace in Phuket, about time!!

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Where are these banners?

One is outside the new J J Market behind Jungceylon, you can clearly see it as you drive out of Jungceylong onto "Jungceylon Boulevard" and there is a massive one at the bottom of Patong hill which you can not miss. I wonder if there are any more.

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Where are these banners?

One is outside the new J J Market behind Jungceylon, you can clearly see it as you drive out of Jungceylong onto "Jungceylon Boulevard" and there is a massive one at the bottom of Patong hill which you can not miss. I wonder if there are any more.

I believe TAT put them up. Kudos to whomever was responsible.

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Good, small start. When will the touts be checked for workpermits? Answer is easy.

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Sounds a bit like "naming and shaming" to me.

Does that mean it will now be allowed on TV? :) :) :) :)

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Sounds a bit like "naming and shaming" to me.

Does that mean it will now be allowed on TV? :) :) :) :)

Sounds like the authorities are making a public announcement.

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I believe TAT put them up. Kudos to whomever was responsible.

I'd like to think it was TAT, but that sounds far too ambitious. I wouldn't be surprised if it was some individual that got stung and swore to warn others the best way possible. If they stay up, then perhaps it was TAT.

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I believe TAT put them up. Kudos to whomever was responsible.

I'd like to think it was TAT, but that sounds far too ambitious. I wouldn't be surprised if it was some individual that got stung and swore to warn others the best way possible. If they stay up, then perhaps it was TAT.

Just double-checked. They were put up by the Municipality of Patong - at least, the Municipality's logo is on them.

I've seen three of them - in front of JJ Market, where anyone leaving Jungceylon will see it; one at the base of Bangla road, next to the beach; and a huge one at the base of Patong Hill, where everyone entering Patong will see it.

I think it's tremendous.

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Well, some may think it is tremendous news, but I am far from impressed by these very selective warning signs erected by the Municipality of Patong.

If they are able to rapidly erect signs like this that warn of these (mostly foreign) timeshare touts, why can they not also rapidly erect similar signs which warn of jetski scams, bar drink scam touts in Bangla road and tuk-tuk overpricing?

This is, of course, a totally rhetorical question, since those of us who live here are well aware of the answer

Simon

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There was a timeshare/ holiday tout living opposite me.

He told me if the BIB questioned him he told them his bosses name they let him go.

I wonder why.

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I know an ex timeshare tout. She's Thai.

Going back 11 years ago when she started, if she was seen touting by a municipal officer or a cop, she would be given a ticket and be taken to the municipal office or police station and pay a 500 Baht fine. This was paid for by the timeshare company. On average, she reckons she was fined two to three times a week. There was an unwritten rule that they wouldn't be fined more than three times a week.

Over time the system evolved and it ended up that the officers would simply nod at her; she knew most of their names by this time and the relationship was friendly. The nod meant she was to go, under her own steam, to the relevant office and pay the fine which, by the way, jumped to 1000 Baht after a couple of years.

Then, after a few more years, according to her, a deal was struck between the municipal bosses, the police and the timeshare company which involved a fixed monthly fee being paid. This meant an end to the individual fines being paid. A much simpler and cleaner way to do business, eh?

Now, based on the appearance of these municipal backed billboards, it seems like there's been a major fall out.

It'll be interesting to see what transpires.

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Well, some may think it is tremendous news, but I am far from impressed by these very selective warning signs erected by the Municipality of Patong.

If they are able to rapidly erect signs like this that warn of these (mostly foreign) timeshare touts, why can they not also rapidly erect similar signs which warn of jetski scams, bar drink scam touts in Bangla road and tuk-tuk overpricing?

This is, of course, a totally rhetorical question, since those of us who live here are well aware of the answer

Simon

I think it's a step in the right direction. Unprecedented, as far as I know, in the ten years I've lived in Patong.

A similar sign for jet ski scams would be another good development. Tuk tuk overpricing is being addressed, although it remains to be seen if the Governor's and Mayor's efforts will hold up. Drink scams - not sure how you'd warn people to not be stupid...

I tend to be much less skeptical than other folks on the forum. Maybe it's because, in spite of continuing corruption, some boneheaded moves, and years of problems, I really believe some of the people in the current government are genuinely interested in making things better.

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